“Hey yo, we are the EDERED team, let’s go and make true our biggest dream.”
Every morning this inspiring sentence was chanted on the top of the lungs of 64 youngsters between the ages of 13 and 15 years old (admitted, it wasn't as loud every morning). Youngsters coming from eleven different countries: Belgium, Israel, Germany, Estonia, Greece, France, Turkey, The Faeroe Islands, Lithuania, and Finland.
This year EDERED was organised in Toulouse, France. 12 days long we stayed at the impressive grounds of the Lycée Saliège. A sports hall, volleyball field, an auditorium with piano, and outside picknick tables to enjoy the sunshine were present. Everything the youngsters needed to have the time of their lives. Many spaces for workshops add to the list. Because after all, that's what we all came for.
Every workshop was held by two workshop leaders, who also came from the 11 participating countries. In total, we had 5 different workshops: Mermoz, Dorat, Latécoère, Lindbergh en Saint-Exupéry; named after French explorers. Why explorers you wonder? Well, that was the theme of this year's encounter; "Adventurers and Explorers". Especially the name Saint-Exupéry was prone for tongue-twisters.
The intense workshops were often alternated with some relaxation! We've visited a museum, the Basilique Saint-Sernin and la cité de l’éspace. Also in the evening entertainment was taken care of! We've watched the movie 'Up!', organised our own EDERED Olympic Games, had a waterballoon fight and our very own talent show. Again it was proven how talented and creative all participants are! In other words, no time to be bored. Even though a little bit of free time was sometimes more than welcome ;)
Besides all the fun games, everybody worked very hard towards the performance. When the penultimate day had arrived, Performance day was upon us! In the morning we all went to the city center of Toulouse to make publicity for the actual performance. In a long parade of an hour and a half, we sang the theme song 10? 15? times and handed out more than 100 flyers to passengers until we reached the Jardin des Plantes. There an exquisite performance was held. A closing party in the evening ended the encounter, it was time to go home. But not without a lot of new friends and memories to cherish!
A big thank you to Sofie, Meghan, Eva-Helena, Phoebe, Karel, Jesse, Dounia, Ambre and Tereza; and of course to our workshop leader Nicolas Philippe and Eddie Fedau!